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Bet of the day: FC United brilliant shouts to beat Chesterfield

| 09.11.2015

Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | November 9, 2015

Coral’s bet of the day

  • We’ve already seen shocks galore in FA Cup 1st round
  • FC United can be spurred on from Salford’s terrific triumph
  • Have home advantage against Chesterfield

FC United a fantastic 5/1 to beat Chesterfield

Britain Manchester’s Other United

We all know of the magic of the FA Cup, the oldest football competition in the world, where teams from all over England in any league get the chance to face much higher opposition and cause amazing shocks.

In this first round tie between FC United of Manchester and Chesterfield, the former, who were formed in 2005 by disgruntled fans of Manchester United over the ownership at Old Trafford, are terrific 5/1 chances to progress on Monday night.

The Red Rebels, as they call themselves, may be facing a club three divisions above them, but that tends to mean very little at this stage in the competition, where the likes of non-league outfits Altrincham, Eastleigh and Forest Green Rovers have all shocked professional opponents this weekend.

FC United can take inspiration from other non-league sides

Britain Manchester’s Other United

On top of that, fellow Man Utd affiliated side Salford City, one tier below FC United’s National League North, knocked out League Two’s Notts County in a convincing 2-0 win on their own turf.

Long-term boss Karl Marginson’s side also boast home advantage in their clash with the Spireites, and despite being such a young club they would not be treading on new territory if they make it through.

FC United made it to the FA Cup second round back in the 2010/11 season too, when they defeated Rochdale, so certainly know what it takes to shock higher profile opposition.

The Manchester-based club also have the advantage that they are well-known in spite of their low standing, due to their coverage when they were against the Glazers’ ownership at Man Utd.

That means that they have been able to sign players who perhaps have the ability to be in higher leagues, but want to heko their cause and play at their new state of the art Broadhurst Park ground.


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Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.